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13 May 2008


DOE announces $7.5m Round 5 funding opportunity for SSL product development

Following its fifth-round Solid-State Lighting (SSL) Core Technology Research funding opportunity announcement on 5 May, the US Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) has released its fifth-round SSL Product Development funding opportunity announcement.

The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Building Technologies Program, is soliciting applications from industrial organizations to perform high-priority product development activities for up to two years that will advance the state-of-the-art of SSL for general lighting applications.
The release marks the fifth DOE SSL Product Development funding opportunity in a series expected to span a decade. Product Development projects are designed to develop or improve commercially viable materials, devices, or systems.

Technical activities are to be focused on a targeted market application with fully defined price, efficacy, and other performance parameters necessary for success of the proposed product.

The defined program areas of interest are:

  • LED-based integrated luminaries;
  • High-efficiency LEDs or arrays;
  • Phosphors or encapsulants;
  • Electronics development;
  • Organic light emitting diode (OLED) lighting panel;
  • Low-cost substrates and encapsulation for OLEDs;
  • Off-grid SSL products.

DOE anticipates making 2-5 awards of up to $900,000 each per year for program areas of interest 1-6 and up to $400,000 per year for program area of interest 7, totaling $7.5m.

DOE expects to notify recipients by the end of 2008 and to make the awards by April 2009.

See related items:

DOE awards fourth-round funding for SSL development

DOE awards third-round SSL project funding worth $13.3m

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